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Woman claims fastest texter in the world title

A woman goes to a Samsung roadshow and is encouraged to try to beat the world texting record. She smashes it by almost 10 seconds.

As technology becomes more sophisticated, the world's texters can send their important messages and extremely personal photos at an ever-quicker pace.

Still, one British woman, 27-year-old insurance company worker Melissa Thompson, seems never to have thought it possible that she would become the Usain Bolt of SMS.

The UK Press Association reported over the weekend that Thompson was shopping with her boyfriend when she came upon a Samsung roadshow. Perhaps it came upon her because, before she knew it, she was encouraged to try to break the world record for speedy texting.

You are looking at the future of texting. CC Dan Zen/Flickr

In order to win this title, her task was to text "the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human" in a time that beat the previous record of 35.54 seconds, held by an American named Franklin Page.

Clutching a Samsung Galaxy S, with its rather splendid Swype keyboard that allows you to just keep on stroking the screen while you write, Thompson didn't merely shave a second or two away from Page's mark.

She bit a rather large chunk from it, reaching her goal in a mere 25.94 seconds.

The people at Guinness World Records still need to ratify her finger-tickling performance. But Thompson herself seems rather startled by her own dexterity. She told the UKPA that she was a little out of practice. "My fingers were out of shape," she said.

It seems, though, that she managed to type at the rate of around one word per second, which is faster than some of my friends actually speak. This portends well for the future of humanity. Perhaps people might soon be able to communicate even faster than they think, saving the onerous need for any thought at all.